Saints march to victory

October 27, 2007|By Larry Yanos

HANCOCK - Idara Umoren scored three touchdowns Friday evening as St. James defeated Hancock, 34-16.

"He has had a good year but hadn't scored a touchdown until last week," Saints coach Chick Meehan said. "He's making up for lost time."

Umoren followed a two-touchdown effort against Bishop Walsh with three more scores against Hancock.

The senior running back led a bruising ground attack for the Saints, who attempted only two passes on the rain-slicked field.

St. James opened the scoring with a 13-play, 75-yard, five-minute drive in the opening minutes of the first quarter and jumped to a 27-0 advantage before Hancock got on the scoreboard.


"Two wins in a row and it puts us at 4-4 and a chance to finish with a winning season," Meehan said. "We've definitely shown some improvement the second half of the season."

The veteran coach was especially pleased with the offensive line, which helped St. James gain 245 yards on 37 carries. The Saints had more than 300 yards last week against Bishop Walsh.

"Our offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and that was important for our running game," Meehan said. "Guys like (center) Matt Whitcraft, (guards) Bryan Hummel-Price and Eric Blake and (tackles) Brad Kretzer and Taylor Young had another great game."

Umoren had 73 yards on 14 carries, Barrett Brown added 100 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and quarterback Mike Russ had three carries for 30 yards and a score.

Despite losing its third straight game, Hancock (3-5) also enjoyed offensive production from a host of players.

Quarterback Jon Clark completed 6 of 12 passes for 101 yards; Boyd Weller caught four passes for 81 yards and a score; Jamie Sornson had 75 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries; and Matt McCoy added 123 yards on 20 carries.

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